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Josh Koscheck

Josh Koscheck is a welterweight contender in the UFC.

With his controversial victory over Paul Daley, Koscheck earned the right to coach against on the twelth season of TUF and then fight Georges St. Pierre for the welterweight title. St. Pierre defeated Koscheck via unanimous decision. During the fight, the champion continually landed jabs and broke Koscheck's right orbital bone in the first round.

After recovering, Koscheck stated in July 2011 that he wanted his first fight back to be at middleweight. Possible opponents varied from former TUF rival Chris Leben and undefeated wrestling prospect Chris Weidman.

Instead, Koscheck next stepped in at welterweight to replace an injured Diego Sanchez against former welterweight champion and Hall of Famer Matt Hughes. He knocked Hughes out with one second left in the first round.

Koscheck next called out former WEC welterweight champion and UFC welterweight contender Carlos Condit and Condit accepted the challenge. Condit next stepped in to replace undisputed champion Georges St. Pierre against former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz for the UFC interim welterweight title. Mike Pierce stepped up to face Koscheck. Koscheck defeated Pierce via a close and controversial split decision.

Koscheck wasted no time addressing any possible controversy, next signing to face fellow contender Johny Hendricks in what could be considered a UFC welterweight title eliminator bout. Hendricks defeated Koscheck via a close and controversial split decision, reinjuring Koscheck's eye in the process.

Koscheck was next set to face Jake Ellenberger but he was injured and replaced by Bellator and UFC veteran Jay Hieron.

Koscheck was next rumored to face returning former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz in February 2013. Instead the opponent for February was announced to be returning Strikeforce veteran Robbie Lawler. Lawler scored a slightly controversial first round technical knockout over Koscheck for his second straight loss.

Koscheck inexplicably next signed to face top contender and jiu jitsu ace Demian Maia. Koscheck was unfortunately soon enough injured.

After recovering Koscheck signed to fight Strikeforce veteran Tyron Woodley. After a back and forth fight Woodley knocked out Koscheck with a thunderous pair of right hands. Koscheck bitterly contemplated retirement afterwards and didn't fight for over a year.

In late November 2014 a little over a year after the Woodley fight Koscheck signed to return to fight rising contender Neil Magny. The fight never materialized. Koscheck soon returned to sign and fight fellow veteran Jake Ellenberger for February 2015.

Koscheck showed some pep against Ellenberger but also significant and unsurprising ring rust losing via a brutal third round guillotine choke submission. There was some speculation of Koscheck retiring.

Instead about a week after the fight, Koscheck stepped in to replace Ben Saunders against striker Erick Silva in Brazil on three weeks' notice. Koscheck gave it all he had coming after Silva looking for a finish but Silva finished Koscheck via guillotine choke submission towards the end of the first round.

Koscheck's UFC contract ran out with that final fight and the UFC opted not to re-sign him.

Bellator Edit

Koscheck signed with the UFC's biggest rival promotion Bellator in late June 2015, immediately calling out old enemy Paul Daley.

FightsEdit

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